Thanks to the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), NORRAG has been able to enlarge and diversify its core team. As part of its decentralisation process, NORRAG is developing its presence in the global South with collaborators working within the framework of the collaborative programme and institutional partnership in South Africa and in Burkina Faso.



Michel Carton
Executive Director

Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University, where he worked at the Psychology and Education Faculty up to 2002. He completed his academic career at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, of which he was director from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed vice-director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies until his retirement in 2010. His research and field related studies focus in particular on international technical and vocational skills development policies in Western and Southern Africa, as well as in South and South-East Asia. He has been involved with NORRAG since the early 1990s.

Alexandra Draxler
Senior Advisor

Alexandra Draxler is an education specialist. She spent many years at UNESCO and continues to work as an independent consultant for public and private entities. She was the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Delors Commission (1993-1996). She has written about technologies in education, public-private partnerships, and education policies and strategies for development. She is a member of several professional associations and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development.

Amado Kaboré
Research Assistant

Amado Kaboré is a PhD candidate in International Politics of Education at the University Ouaga I Professor Joseph KI-ZERBO, where he graduated in Management and Cultural Administration with a specialisation in Copyrights and Performers’ rights, and in African History with a specialisation in Education Policy. He is currently a Researcher in the Department of Education Sciences at the Institute for Social Sciences (INSS) in Ougadougou. In parallel, Amado is working as a NORRAG Research Assistant as part of the partnership with the INSS-based Education Research Workshop in Burkina Faso (AREB). He contributes to the production of knowledge products in French language, the organisation of joint AREB/NORRAG events for the education and training community in West Africa, as well as the coordination in order to re-launch the French version of NORRAG News (La Lettre de NORRAG).

Kenneth King
NORRAG News Editor

Kenneth King is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh in the Schools of Education, and of Social and Political Studies. He was one of the founding members of NORRAG in 1986 and has edited NORRAG News since then. He has been associated with the UK Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET) since 1990. His current research includes a series of papers with Robert Palmer on Education Post-2015; and he has been researching China-Africa education cooperation since 2006, resulting in a new book China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa: The Case of Education and Training (James Currey, May, 2013). 

Peliwe Lolwana

Director of REAL/NORRAG Collaborative Programme in South Africa, and Associate Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Associate Professor Peliwe Lolwana has recently retired as the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. She continues to be associated with REAL as a visiting Associate Professor. She chairs the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Task Team on the Planning of Community Education and Training Colleges. Previously, she has worked and managed a variety of educational institutions, statutory bodies and government directorates. She has served in many commissions tasked with the transformation of education in South Arica. She still serves in a number of Associations, Boards, Foundations and Councils in education and training. She acquired her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc
Administrative Manager

Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Geneva. She has since continued to develop her skills in project management, human resources, accounting and Web communication. Thanh has several years of experience in Operational Marketing for the private sector. Amongst other things, she was in charge of client relationship management, administrative and financial coordination, training of staff, development of internal procedures and overall logistics. She is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management.

Aude Mellet
Communication Officer

Aude Mellet holds an International Executive Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Master in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva. She previously worked for a number of organisations including the Graduate Institute, the International Labour Office and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Aude is in charge of external communication and of managing the website. She is also involved in the preparation, dissemination and promotion of NORRAG’s materials and publications.

Joost Monks
Managing Director

Joost Monks is the managing director of NORRAG, Switzerland.  He is in charge of the Network’s international development and partnerships and runs the Programme of Work on “Urban violence, Youth and Education”. Previously he served as management consultant in a wide range of national and international public organisations, including UNESCO, WIPO, and ILO, and he worked in the field of organisational development in higher education institutions in Europe and China. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree from the IHEID and obtained his PhD in political economics from the University of Geneva.

Mario Novelli
Scientific Advisor

Mario Novelli is Professor of the Political Economy of Education, and deputy director of the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Sussex. Prior to this he worked at both the University of Amsterdam and the University of Bristol. His research explores the relationship between education, globalisation and international development, with a particular focus on education and conflict and global governance. He has recently published work on the political economy of education in conflict-affected contexts, the relationship between education and peacebuilding, political violence and education; the securitisation of aid to education and on issues related to the new geopolitics of aid to education after 9/11. Over the last decade he has worked on projects with a wide range of international organisations (such as UNICEF; UNESCO; Education International) and published widely in academic journals. He has also been working with UNICEF since 2010 on research and policy development in the area of Education and Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected Contexts. In 2015 he became a “Scientific Advisor” to NORRAG, of which he has been a member since the mid-2000s.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer holds a PhD in African Studies from Edinburgh University. He has been involved with NORRAG since 2006; currently he supports the editor of NORRAG News and manages NORRAG's Blog, NORRAG NEWSBite, and Twitter account. He has research interests in international education, the Agenda 2030, and technical and vocational skills development. He lives between the UK and Jordan, working as an international education and skills consultant.

Radu Bârză
Communication Trainee

Radu Bârză is currently a Masters Student in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has previously worked in education related sectors in Romania and Bulgaria, acquiring experience in public-private partnerships, government relations and the role of the ITC in education. He has extensive experience in communication, brand management and event management acquired in both national and multinational organizations whilst working for several reputed brands, including Samsung, Nestlé and GQ. His research interests include skill development, TVET, wage and labour market allocation, gender disparity and the implications of the ITC in education development and skill creation.